Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/28/12
Canucks swap key pieces with Buffalo And just like that, the stud is gone. To the absolute shock of Canucks nation and the entire NHL, talented rookie Cody Hodgson was traded to the Buffalo Sabres yesterday in exchange for “a force” – hard-hitter and winger Zack Kassian. Fans are surprised that the team canned the All-Star before he’d fully had a chance to prove himself. Hodgson’s 16 goals and 17 assists apparently weren’t enough to solidify his spot in Vancouver. Social Media Report: 2012 Trade Deadline General Manager Mike Gillis admitted that it was an extremely difficult trade, but in the end it was the best strategic decision for the team. The Canucks need power in place of skill – and with Hodgson playing behind Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin, he would have stayed on the third line for another three to five years. At 6’3 and 228 lbs, Kassian is a big and rough player that will bring an element of toughness that our team so obviously lacks (see: last year’s playoffs) http://www.youtube.
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